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Old 05-02-09, 11:36 AM   #1
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Budget single speed, how are these parts?

My cousin has been looking for a bike and I have a spare frame laying around that fits him. I'm trying to see if I can build him something on his budget. The frame is a Bridgestone 200. Headset, fork, saddle, and stem are already on there.

Venus 700c wheelset - $85
http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com...&productId=204

FSA Vero Track Crank set - $40
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1299

RPM Cartridge BB JIS - $25
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1415

Tektro long reach brake set - $40
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1400
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Well the wheelset uses a name brand rim that I would trust and it also uses a somewhat decent hub. I own a set of the open bearings formulas and they are still trugging along.

The crank is again, an affordable alternative. You might be able to find something a little better used for that price but go for it.

Cheap bb but it works.

Decent brakes.

All in all, I would ride those parts. Especially if it was my first fixed gear bike. My first was a much lower component spec than that and it never let me down.

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The FSA vero cranks come stock on several FG bikes, so they are fine. However, for the 40 dollars they are charging you can find square taper Campy or Shimano cranks on ebay that are lighter and forged instead of cast.
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For the brakes,make sure to measure what reach you'll need.Not every 27" bike that gets converted to 700c needs that super long reach.I have conversions that only need medium or short reach calipers with 700c wheels.
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Thanks. I'll definitely check ebay for a nicer crank, I figured I would save on shipping this way but Bikeisland has free shipping anyway.

How would I go about figuring out what spindle length I need on the bottom bracket? I know it involves the axel length of the rear wheel because you want them to match up for a good chain line. The wheelset I am using has a rear hub spacing of 120mm with a 160mm axel.
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no, it only matters what crank you use. I don't know what kind of chainline the venus wheels need, but usually it's 42-45mm. Basically, most FG cranks need somewhere b/w 103-110mm BB spindle. I know Pake needs 107, cheap Sugino need 103, etc. Use google, you'll figure it out.
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